Title Further reference to comments on roadside drug testing Degree of recognition Regional Media name/outlet 5AAm and 5AU (Port Augusta)5CS (Port Pirie)5RM (Berri) Duration/Length/Size 1 min, 4 sec. Country Australia Date 11/10/19 Description Leon Byner says according to Monash University Accident Research Centre Professor Michael Fitzharris, the methods of roadside testing is doing its job. There's also a high degree of confidence in detecting recent use and impairment of the skills needed for driving. Persons Michael Fitzharris
Title Interview (comment) on roadside drug-testing programs following research paper published in Drug Testing and Analysis by USyd researchers Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet ABC News (ABC News (Sydney)ABC News (Brisbane)ABC News (Adelaide)ABC News (Perth)ABC News (Canberra)ABC News (Newcastle)ABC News (Gold Coast)) Duration/Length/Size 7mins 49secs Country Australia Date 12/09/19 Description Summary:
Interview with Monash University's Accident Research Centre Associate Professor Michael Fitzharris. Tchilinguirian says a study of road-side drug testing devices widely used by police in Australia conducted by a PhD student at the University of Sydney has found that their accuracy and sensitivity are below the standards recommended by European Union authorities. She states the study found the devices frequently failed to detect high concentrations of THC. Fitzharris notes it has been known that the fluids test have such limitations. He says the test is just the first port of call for police who pulls over a driver. He states officers can still perform the driver impairment assessment even if the test returns a negative. He recalls Victoria introduced the test in 2004. He notes he was at the International Drug and Alcohol Conference in Canada. He says Canada moved to oral fluid testing. Mentions Ireland.
Producer/Author ABC News Persons Michael Fitzharris Title Roadside drug tests for cannabis return false results, research finds Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet ABC News Online Media type Web Country Australia Date 12/09/19 Description Comment on methods used to detect drug-drivers. A study of roadside drug testing devices widely used by police in Australia has called into question their reliability for detecting cannabis, ABC News reports. Associate Professor Michael Fitzharris from Monash's Accident Research Centre says: "It should be seen as an effective program to manage the drug-driving problem in Australia, and it's now being used as a template by other jurisidctions around the world." Producer/Author Ben Knight URL https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-12/police-roadside-cannabis-drug-testing-devices-questioned/11502436 Persons Michael Fitzharris Title Australia has led the world in roadside drug-testing since it was first introduced in 2004 Media name/outlet ABC News (Karina Carvalho at ABC News, Sydney, ABC News Hour), also: Also broadcast from the following 9 stations: ABC News (Melbourne), ABC News (Regional NSW), ABC News (Brisbane), ABC News (Adelaide), ABC News (Perth), ABC News (Regional Queensland), ABC News (Hobart), ABC News (Canberra), ABC News (Regional Victoria) Duration/Length/Size 2mins 07secs Country Australia Date 12/09/19 Description Expert comment: Summary: Australia has led the world in roadside drug-testing since it was first introduced in Victoria 15 years ago. New study by University of Sydney researchers suggests the technology could be flawed as researchers have found that saliva testing devices used to detect cannabis in drivers fall below international standards. The study also learned the devices sometimes returned false positives triggered by amounts of THC. Having any THC in the system while driving is a criminal offence in all states. A number of charges have been dismissed in NSW courts. Neither NSW nor Victorian Police were willing to comment on the findings. In 2020, NSW is aiming for 200,000 roadside tests, and Vic wants to double that in 2021. Producer/Author Karina Carvalho Persons Michael Fitzharris
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